80 injured in Medieval Fighting World Championship

 

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/around-80-people-injured-real-weapons-medieval-battle-world-championship

 

A castle near Rome hosted the ninth edition of the Battle of the Nations, the World Championship of the Historical Medieval Battle over the weekend. 

Over 700 fighters took part in the ninth edition of the Battle of Nations, held at a castle near Rome.
Source: Associated Press

The United Kingdom, France, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, United States and 27 other nations challenged each other to win the world championship title in medieval fighting at Santa Severa Castle.

From Thursday to Sunday, over 700 fighters from all over the world proved their strength in several disciplines as 1 vs 1 fighting through to the mass 21 vs 21 battles. 

Women also took the field with their swords, spades and axes.

A real Medieval festival for everybody, visitors also enjoyed challenging themselves in archery or watching the blacksmith fixing in real time the broken armour and weapons. 

Ukraine and Russia faced each other during the final match, in a battle that is already a classic in the young history of the Battle of the Nations. 

It's the third year that the two teams challenged each other to win the title. 

Three years ago the winner was Russia, while last year they were defeated by Ukraine.

This year, the Russians gained back the title with an impressive final battle where they dominated Ukraine.

Wounded fighters filled up the hospitals nearby: the battles are very cruel and no holds barred. 

In the first day of this year's championship, around 80 people had to be taken to the emergency room for a checkup. 

The fighters are very sportsmanlike, though. 

Handshakes, hugs and iced beers abound after the battles.

didn't know this was a thing.  looks crazy.

 

Battle of the nations is awesome

Such a bad ass sport. So much better than football, soccer, or basketball.

this is fucking nuts.  can't believe i've never heard of this.  has anyone ever died?  what are the rules?

Later

How can I join? I'm glad to start making youtube videos of me training in the backyard with a collander for a helmet and aluminum foil for armor.

EFM -

this is fucking nuts.  can't believe i've never heard of this.  has anyone ever died?  what are the rules?

Imagine how many hot guys partake in such a masculine activity

brutal!

Amazing.

In.

In the first video posted it looks like if you’re knocked down you’re out for the rest of the round, is that correct?

Nitecrawler -

In the first video posted it looks like if you’re knocked down you’re out for the rest of the round, is that correct?

yeah.  looks like it.  there's a wikipedia page on it. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Nations_(Medieval_Tournament)

Valid battle categories

Valid battle categories of the competitions held among national teams on the HMB and a brief explanation of them:

"Triathlon Duel", fights 1 vs 1. The category consists of three rounds with the use of different weapons. The first round lasts one and a half minutes, longswords are used, the second round is held with the use of usual swords and buckler shields, three bouts up to three hits, and the third round lasts a minute and a half with the use of the standard shield and sword. Points are awarded for effective (a clear, stout) blow delivered with the weapon edge to the allowed zone.

"Professional fight", fights 1 vs 1. The category consists of three rounds of three minutes each, pre-selected weapons are used. Points are awarded for effective (a clear, stout) blow delivered with a sword, shield edge, fist, leg, knee, and a good throw with the final blow.

"Five vs five" the group battles "5 vs 5" are the most active kind of buhurt combat. A team fights against a team on a hard bordered list field. One five-member unit includes from five to eight fighters (five fighting in the lists, and three reserve fighters). A fighter who falls down (touches the ground with the third point of support) is out of the battle. There are 3 bouts in a battle until a team wins twice.

“Royal category”, a mass battle "21 vs 21", when up to twenty-one fighters representing a country fight on the field at the same time. There are six reserve fighters. A fighter who falls down is out of battle. A battle continues until the fighters of only one team remain standing on the lists, so their team wins.

"All vs all" are the largest mass battles. All fighters (including those not included in a national team) of all participating countries come to the lists. The participants are divided into equal groups, but in such a way that the representatives of one country are in the same group. A fighter is out of battle if he falls down. Points are awarded to the national teams that are members of the winning side.

Valid non-battle categories

"Contest for the best set of armor and weapons" is held among fighters of the national teams, who can demonstrate only those sets that were used in battles. Assessment is done by knight marshals, the refereeing panel and the organizers of the festival, who take into account the overall level of aesthetics, historicity of a set of armor and weapons, integrity of the individual elements, quality of the items.

"Contest for the best authentic field camp" of a national team. Authenticity, accuracy, functionality, aesthetics and originality, as well as the size of an authentic field camp is assessed by the refereeing panel and the organizers of the festival (it takes place for one day).

"Archery tournament" (bow and crossbow). The tournament is held at a specially equipped place and it takes place for about 2 days. Categories and regulations may vary depending on the festival.

When LARPing goes wrong 

1 out of 8 guys ended up in the hospital 

EFM -
Nitecrawler -

In the first video posted it looks like if you’re knocked down you’re out for the rest of the round, is that correct?

yeah.  looks like it.  there's a wikipedia page on it. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Nations_(Medieval_Tournament)

Valid battle categories

Valid battle categories of the competitions held among national teams on the HMB and a brief explanation of them:

"Triathlon Duel", fights 1 vs 1. The category consists of three rounds with the use of different weapons. The first round lasts one and a half minutes, longswords are used, the second round is held with the use of usual swords and buckler shields, three bouts up to three hits, and the third round lasts a minute and a half with the use of the standard shield and sword. Points are awarded for effective (a clear, stout) blow delivered with the weapon edge to the allowed zone.

"Professional fight", fights 1 vs 1. The category consists of three rounds of three minutes each, pre-selected weapons are used. Points are awarded for effective (a clear, stout) blow delivered with a sword, shield edge, fist, leg, knee, and a good throw with the final blow.

"Five vs five" the group battles "5 vs 5" are the most active kind of buhurt combat. A team fights against a team on a hard bordered list field. One five-member unit includes from five to eight fighters (five fighting in the lists, and three reserve fighters). A fighter who falls down (touches the ground with the third point of support) is out of the battle. There are 3 bouts in a battle until a team wins twice.

“Royal category”, a mass battle "21 vs 21", when up to twenty-one fighters representing a country fight on the field at the same time. There are six reserve fighters. A fighter who falls down is out of battle. A battle continues until the fighters of only one team remain standing on the lists, so their team wins.

"All vs all" are the largest mass battles. All fighters (including those not included in a national team) of all participating countries come to the lists. The participants are divided into equal groups, but in such a way that the representatives of one country are in the same group. A fighter is out of battle if he falls down. Points are awarded to the national teams that are members of the winning side.

Valid non-battle categories

"Contest for the best set of armor and weapons" is held among fighters of the national teams, who can demonstrate only those sets that were used in battles. Assessment is done by knight marshals, the refereeing panel and the organizers of the festival, who take into account the overall level of aesthetics, historicity of a set of armor and weapons, integrity of the individual elements, quality of the items.

"Contest for the best authentic field camp" of a national team. Authenticity, accuracy, functionality, aesthetics and originality, as well as the size of an authentic field camp is assessed by the refereeing panel and the organizers of the festival (it takes place for one day).

"Archery tournament" (bow and crossbow). The tournament is held at a specially equipped place and it takes place for about 2 days. Categories and regulations may vary depending on the festival.

Ok, so if you’re knocked down you’re out but what if you take someone down with like a sacrifice throw, lateral or blast double? 

Looks like Judo would really come in handy here. Upright clinch takedowns, the wheelhouse of judo. Basically that was the derivative of jiu-jitsu from the Samurai.  

That's the reason you get points in Judo for a hard throw on the back or a pin because in the Samurai days they would pull out their smaller sword after a takedown and kill the opponent. 

Also holds true to most fights, slam the guy and get on top and you are likely to win. 

I am entertained

 

in

Real medieval times!?  I’d pay anything for front row tix!

I No Kung Foo -

I am entertained

 

Underrated comment...lol.